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Home > News > Railway worker receives mesothelioma compensation

19th July 2010

Railway worker receives mesothelioma compensation

When our client in this mesothelioma compensation claim was forced to take early retirement on the grounds of ill health, he assumed the cause of his condition was due to the effects of repeated chest infections.

We were able to secure over £200,000 in compensation for him, after he received the devastating diagnosis that he was in fact suffering from mesothelioma, an asbestos-related cancer.

Negligently exposed to asbestos dust

During his life, our client had worked for several companies in a variety of roles. However, his exposure to asbestos occurred many decades ago during the period that he was employed on the railways. Employed as a fireman on steam locomotives, he was exposed to asbestos when the lagging around the boiler became worn and brittle, causing him to breath in the deadly fibres.

This period of exposure to asbestos came towards the end of the steam locomotive era when many were not adequately maintained. When engines were no longer able to function efficiently, they were left in sidings for spare parts or removal.

No warnings on the danger of asbestos-related diseases

At the time of our client’s exposure to asbestos, employers were well aware of the dangers and the preventative measures that they were required to implement. At no time was our client warned of the risks of developing an asbestos-related disease, nor was he provided with any adequate protection.

Liability for mesothelioma admitted by employer

Our specialist asbestos lawyers entered into strong negotiation in order to secure the highest possible award in settlement of the claim.

We were successful in securing over £200,000 in mesothelioma compensation for our client and his family, a substantial part of that sum being secured as an interim payment immediately following the employer’s admission of liability. This gave our client the knowledge that his family would be financially secure after his death.

Mesothelioma compensation claim

We have a dedicated team of lawyers specialising in asbestos-related injuries who are able to offer expert claim advice in what can be very complicated personal injury claims. They have huge experience of such claims and will be happy to answer any questions you may have in plain English.

If you or your family have been affected by mesothelioma or any other asbestos-related disease and would like some advice about how to make a personal injury compensation claim, contact Clear Answers' solicitors on 0800 783 9019 or complete one of our online compensation claim forms, and one of our representatives will contact you as soon as possible.

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